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Everyone knows that you often get your best workout at the gym. There’s better equipment, better focus and far more variety. However, while many of the machines can help to shape your best body, there are a few machines you should be avoiding. According to Women’s Health, here are a few you should be skipping the next time you head to the gym.

Seated Shoulder Press Machine: Although this machine claims to sculpt your shoulders and triceps, it can actually do more harm than good. This machine is notorious for causing shoulder issues by putting too much stress on the joints and placing the shoulders in positions making them vulnerable to injury. If you still want to sculpt your shoulders and triceps without the risk of injury, try doing medicine ball throws instead. Add a little extra kick to this exercise with our weighted ball squat and toss. Click for instructions.

Seated Shoulder Press

Seated Chest Fly Machine: Okay, we know, everyone wants to build a better chest, but this machine is not the route to take. Instead of shaping the chest and shoulders as promised, it can actually cause joint issues in the shoulders and muscle tears in the chest. To build the perfect ta-ta’s, try incline push-ups instead. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to complete this exercise.

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Seated Leg Press Machine: Sculpting sexy legs is key to fitting into those summer shorts, but this machine is not the way to get the job done. In fact, the leg press machine can actually put stress on the spine causing pain in the low back. To thin those thighs and get that booty popping, try body-weight squats instead. Use a weighted medicine ball, free weights or even a kettlebell to add some resistance to your squat.

leg press machine

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So the next time you head out for your workout, determined to get that summer body back, try substituting your favorite machine for these suggestions. Making theses changes will not only help you to avoid injury, they will get that body bangin’ in no time flat!